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The French Riviera Sights

Place Garibaldi

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Updated 12/19/2013

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Encircled by grand vaulted arcades stuccoed in rich yellow, the broad pentagon of this square could have been airlifted out of Turin. In the center, the shrine-like fountain sculpture of Garibaldi seems to be surveying you as you stroll under the very attractive arcades and lounge in the surrounding cafés. An antiques market takes over the square on Saturday mornings.

La crypte archéologique de Nice. Via steel walkways, explore by tour only an archaeological crypt holding the remains of a 14th-century tower and aqueduct that were hidden underground for centuries. The half-acre underground chamber, located beneath Place Garibaldi, opened in 2012. When Nice's tram system was being built at the beginning of this century, excavators discovered medieval structures that had been razed by Louis XIV in 1706 and promptly forgotten. The Centre du Patrimoine (Heritage Center) offers one-hour guided tours for up to 15 people, but you must reserve with them directly at 75 quai Etats-Unis.

The meeting point—place Jacques Toja—is just before Place Garibaldi. Bring "sensible shoes," as heels can't be worn in the crypt. Place Jacques Toja, 06300. 3906. €5. Tours Wed.–Sun. at 10, 11, 2, 3, and 4.

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Nice, 06300, France

Updated 12/19/2013


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